Dec. 5, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Several Patriot League teams returned to competition a full week following the Thanksgiving holiday, and the schedule prepares to take another big break in December thanks to final exams.
A handful of swimmers from American and Lehigh tested their mettle at the AT&T Winter U.S. Nationals in Austin, Texas over the weekend, with some impressive results.
Most of the weekend competition took place at invitationals or large events. Army took on competitors from a variety of schools at Brown's Big Bear Open, with the men taking third and the women fifth. Colgate swam at Cornell's Bomber Invitational, with the Raider women posting an impressive second-place showing. Holy Cross went to Rhode Island for the Harold Anderson Invitational, where the men finished fourth and the women sixth.
Bucknell and Lehigh tested themselves in dual meets. The Bison swept Binghamton, in Lewisburg, Pa., with the men winning 171-128 and the women running away with a 215-85 decision. The Mountain Hawk men defeated NJIT 142-63.
The last scheduled swimming and diving meet of 2012 is the annual Army-Navy tilt, the bulk of which is set for Philadelphia Thursday at 6 p.m. The diving portion is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J.
Afterward the next events for a League team isn't until early January, including Army at the San Juan Invitational and dual meets on the first weekend of 2013 for Bucknell and Navy.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Quick Hits
American's Matt Wurm swam in the 200-yard back at the AT&T Winter U.S. Nationals last weekend and took 35th. Among the competition in that race was U.S. Olympian and gold medalist Ryan Lochte.
Elizabeth Porcellio was the only Bison woman to win three individual events in their victory over Binghamton. Four of her 10 individual victories this season are in the 200 IM.
Colgate freshmen Lindsey Sagasta was one of three individual winners for the Raiders at the Bomber Invitational.
Bucknell sophomore Tori Molchany scored a season-best 223.28 from the three-meter board against Binghamton.
Holy Cross junior Nick Videtti won the one-meter dive and took third from the three-meter at the Harold Anderson Invitational, helping the Crusaders take fourth.
Upcoming January meets in which League foes square off including Colgate at Bucknell (Jan. 11), Army at Lehigh (Jan. 11), Army at Bucknell (Jan. 12), American vs. Army (Jan. 19), a League tri-meet Jan. 26 hosted by Army involving Colgate and Lafayette, and Lehigh visiting Bucknell (also Jan. 26).
Patriot League Weekly Awards (Dec. 3)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
AYMAN ANDREWS, ARMY Sr., Sussex, N.J.
Andrews surpassed a pair of NCAA B cut times and set two Army records over the weekend in competition at the Brown Big Bear Open in Providence, R.I. The senior eclipsed the B cut and broke the Army mark with a time of 48.00 in the 100-yard fly, giving him second place in the event. He also took second in the 200 fly with a clocking of 1:47.59, which was another B cut and academy record. Andrews rounded out his weekend participating on Army's school record-breaking 400 medley relay foursome (3:18.67), while adding a seventh-place finishing in the 200 IM (1:53.13). It's Andrews' second weekly award this season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
NAT BEALE, ARMY Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Beale set the Army record and came up just short of an NCAA B cut time in the 200 back, finishing third with a time of 2:00.40. The freshman posted a strong performance in the 100 back as well, breaking the Army record in the event with a time of 56.51 as part of a relay split, while finishing ninth in 56.66 in the individual event. Her 2:05.31 clocking in the 200 IM set an academy freshman record. Beale garners her second weekly honor of the season.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen collects his third straight weekly honor and fifth of the season, putting him two shy of the single-season record of seven with over two months remaining before the Patriot League Championships in February. The senior posted a pair of top-two finishes at the Brown Big Bear Open, taking the victory from the one-meter board with a score of 335.65 and adding a second-place showing with 357.95 points in the three-meter competition. Both scores eclipsed the NCAA Zone qualifiers.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka captures her third weekly honor of the season after finishing with two top-three showing at the Bomber Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. She broke the Colgate 11-dive record from the one-meter board with a score of 426.00 to place her second. The old mark had stood for 19 years. Pilka added a third-place effort with an 11-dive score of 450.90 in the three-meter competition.
MATT WURM, AMERICAN Jr., Sudbury, Mass.
Wurm was one of two American swimmers to compete at the AT&T U.S. National Winter Championships in Austin, Texas. He took 35th in the 200 back when he touched the wall in 1:48.47, just off the NCAA B cut time.
ERIK HEINEMANN, BUCKNELL So., Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
Heinemann won two individual races (200 fly, 500 free) and competed on two winning relay teams as Bucknell defeated Binghamton 171-128 Saturday.
ELIZABETH PORCELLIO, BUCKNELL Sr., Fairport, N.Y.
Porcellio captured three individual golds (200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM) as the Bison ran away from Binghamton 215-85 in a dual meet Saturday.
LINDSEY SAGASTA, COLGATE Fr., Tonawanda, N.Y.
Sagasta was responsible for one of the Raiders' three individual victories over the weekend at the Bomber Invitational. She won the 200 free in 1:52.95 and added a runner-up finish in the 500 free (5:02.45).
JAN YBURAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., Livingston, N.J.
Yburan led Holy Cross with three top-10 finishes at the Harold Anderson Invitational. His best showing was second place in the 100 back (55.51).